Ahoy Comics 2018
Written by Tom Peyer
Illustrated by Greg Scott
Coloured by Andy Troy
Lettered by Rob Steen
Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven-where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. Also we’ve got contributions from Chris Giarrusso, Grant Morrison, Rick Geary and Shannon Wheeler making this first issue spectacular truly spectacular.
This is the second offering from Ahoy Comics and I have to tell you when you are phased out of the name brand companies, yes DC and Marvel, where do you? Sure there are a ton of new up and coming companies out there that would be thrilled to have them but what if they all went some place new? That new place is Ahoy Comics and the line-up of creators they have is impressive and it also goes to show that those who know how to make comics can still bring us the joy they are so known for.
This issue here is something I wasn’t sure what it was going to be about. That being said I absolutely loved this! We all know that Negative Nancy, yes I was one once upon a time, who is toxic and complains incessantly that their life is horrible, nothing goes their way and they have no friends. Personally I changed my life around when I learned I was doing that but I have cut a ton of folks out of my life for this behaviour. Why am I talking about here? Simple it is something that absolutely everyone can relate to.
We all know that person, cringe and want to turn away but here, here we see that taken to the extreme. The opening is spectacular David’s birth which is where it all begins, ironically however that Doctor spanks your ass to make you cry so they hear your lungs the only thing I can think of is that he never stopped. Still it’s eye catching, dynamic and draws the reader in beautifully creating that desire to know more and that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do. Then the pacing of the book as it moves forward is amazing to see as we watch everything unfold around David. So the characterisation doesn’t take long to establish right so I am looking forward to seeing where Tom goes with all this because if there is growth I will be impressed.
Great Scott, apropos because I am a huge fan of Greg’s and I say that every time I review a book he works on. The man is a modern day maestro and the way he manipulates the varying weights of the linework to create such subtle lines as we see in say the arm hair to the boldness of black at the funeral and every thing in between has such amazing attention to detail. It isn’t just the fact that he’s so detail oriented but the emotions and feelings that come from the characters through their faces and body language is utterly sensational. The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels plus seeing how backgrounds are utilised show such an impressive eye for storytelling. Andy is a great compliment here as his work just blends seamlessly onto the page completing the work in bringing it to life.
There are certain books that once you read them you suddenly find yourself in a place where you have a connection with that makes you feel like this is something you’ve read most of your life. This is one of those books. With old friends who know how create, craft and bring to life the best of the best stories available today there is absolutely no way you can go wrong.